September 17th, 2019
Dear Valued Patient,
A Pennsylvania bill on electronic prescribing of controlled substances was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf on Oct. 24, 2018. Act 96 of 2018 – This law replaces the traditional method of prescribing controlled substances to a patient, i.e. paper prescription pads. The law goes into effect on October 24th, 2019.
In order to come into compliance with Pennsylvania law, the physician will have to undergo identity verification and electronically transmit every scheduled medication. Most of our prescriptions are scheduled medications. This means moving forward I will have to personally do the data entry for every new scheduled prescription leaving the weight loss center. This impacts our practice in multiple ways. I will be spending a significant amount of time each day managing data entry which can not be delegated. Also, in order to come into compliance in a cohesive manner, we will have to abandon paper charts. We will need to purchase the hardware, obtain a license, upgrade the office infrastructure, train the staff and transition to electronic medical records. The Medical Weight Loss Center of Harrisburg operates at cost, meaning we make enough to pay our overhead and not much more. The extra money we make is rolled back into the clinic. These funds go toward providing better service and more amenities to our patients. With the above changes operating costs will increase proportionally.
Effective October 14th, we will be increasing the price of new and established patient visits. New patient visits will be $150, and established visits will be $95 moving forward. Packages will be priced at $190 for three visits. We will honor all Packages purchased before the price increase.
Even with the increase in our office visits, Harrisburg Medical Weight Loss Center will still be well below the industry standard (about half):
According to Google: “…prices can vary by location. Customer reports for the weight loss program are fairly consistent. Most patients report paying $275 to $300 for the initial consultation and $75 to $80 for each weekly visit. Supplements, prescriptions, and food are extra.” Aug 13, 2019 source: VeryWellFit.com
Thank you for understanding and bearing with us during this adjustment period.
Dr. Baughman DO, ACOFP, ABOM
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